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Tamara Kotevska
Тамара Котевска
Born (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 30)
Prilep, Macedonia
Alma materSs. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
Known forHoneyland (2019)

Tamara Kotevska (Macedonian: Тамара Котевска; born 9 August 1993) is a Macedonian filmmaker best known for her 2019 documentary Honeyland.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kotevska was born in Prilep, Republic of Macedonia (now North Macedonia). She earned a scholarship to study abroad in Tennessee for her junior year in high school.[2] She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje,[3] with an emphasis in documentary film.[4]


Together with Ljubomir Stefanov, Kotevska spent three years in Bekirlija, North Macedonia filming the documentary about a female wild beekeeper, Hatidze.[5][3] The film was originally going to be a documentary short about the Bregalnica river region when they came across the beekeeper.[6][7] Kotevska and Stefanov previously worked together on another documentary, Lake of Apples (2017).[8]

Honeyland won three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival[9] and received two nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film. It is the second Macedonian film to earn an Oscar nomination after Before the Rain (1994).[10][11]


  1. ^ Linden, Sheri (11 November 2023). "'The Walk' Review: 'Honeyland' Director's Effective Fusion of Political Urgency and Poetic Creativity". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Tamara Kotevska | MIDPOINT - A Training and Networking Platform for Film and TV Development". Midpoint-center.eu. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Mullen, Pat (1 August 2019). "Buzz-Worthy: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov Talk 'Honeyland' – Point of View Magazine". Point of View Magazine. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Interview: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov on Making the Most Out of an Environmentally Sticky Situation in "Honeyland"". The Moveable Fest. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  5. ^ "'Living and Working with Each Other for Those Three Years in Almost Unbearable Life Conditions': Directors Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska | Honeyland". Filmmaker Magazine. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ Drury, Sharareh; Coates, Tyler (27 December 2019). "Oscars: How 'Honeyland' and 'For Sama' Portray Battles on Different Fronts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Scarpa, Vittoria (10 May 2019). "Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska • Directors of Honeyland". Cineuropa. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ Eagan, Daniel (22 August 2019). "'It's a Choice: To Be a Filmmaker or a Human': Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska on Honeyland". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ "2019 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced". Sundance Institute. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Oscar nominations 2020: 'Joker' leads with 11; Greta Gerwig snubbed for best director; complete list of nominees". The Washington Post. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  11. ^ ""Медена земја" со две номинации за "Оскар"". Република (in Macedonian). 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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